News

Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software

Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software, a Toronto-based private company that is a leader in IT process automation software. Opalis will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft. Their products include:

· Prepackaged workflows and automation expertise for the common tasks in managing a datacenter. Examples include Run Book Automation, virtual machine lifecycle management, and incident ticket management.

· An automation platform that lets customers create and execute workflows across datacenter management tools.

· Deep integration capabilities to orchestrate tasks across server infrastructure and systems management products, including those from BMC, CA, IBM, HP, Microsoft, and Symantec.

http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2009/12/11/microsoft-acquires-opalis-software.aspx

Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr

http://blogs.msdn.com/steverac/

The Manageability Guys

http://blogs.technet.com/manageabilityguys/

Configuration Manager & SMS

Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for December 2009

The Configuration Manager documentation library (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680651.aspx) has been updated on the Web and the latest content on the Web has Updated: December 1, 2009 at the top of the topic. This month's updates are primarily for revisions based on customer feedback. We do value customer feedback and try to incorporate it when possible. Although we can't promise to make the docs perfect for everybody, we are committed to continual improvement. So, keep that feedback coming, and feel free to contact us about anything related to the documentation by using our usual address of SMSDocs@Microsoft.com.

http://blogs.technet.com/configmgrteam/archive/2009/12/17/announcement-configuration-manager-documentation-library-update-for-december-2009.aspx

How to properly set up a Task Sequence to deploy Windows 7 images captured via an SCCM 2007 Capture CD

When a Task Sequence is created via the "Create New Task Sequence Wizard", the Task Sequence may fail if the Windows OS being deployed is Windows 7 and the reference Windows 7 WIM image being deployed was manually created and then captured using the SCCM 2007 Capture CD.

The Task Sequence Error dialog may show one of the following errors…

http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/archive/2009/12/17/how-to-properly-set-up-a-task-sequence-to-deploy-windows-7-images-captured-via-an-sccm-2007-capture-cd.aspx

The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/

The Deployment Guys

http://blogs.technet.com/deploymentguys

Carlos Santiago's Manageability Blog - SCCM/Softgrid

http://blogs.technet.com/carlossantiago/

Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings

http://blogs.technet.com/mniehaus/

Paul Thomsen at myITforum.com

http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/pthomsen/default.aspx

Operations Manager & MOM

Now available: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cross Platform Audit Collection Services

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cross Platform Audit Collection Services enables the collection and audit of events from UNIX and Linux Servers. Using Cross Platform ACS, events are collected from the desired Unix/Linux servers and stored in the Audit Collections Services Database. Audit reports for UNIX/Linux Server collected events are included.

http://blogs.technet.com/operationsmgr/archive/2009/12/16/now-available-system-center-operations-manager-2007-r2-cross-platform-audit-collection-services.aspx

The Operations Manager Support Team Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/operationsmgr/

Other

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm/

The App-V Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/Softgrid/

Downloads

Configuration Manager & SMS

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool

This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual machines efficiently and without exposing them to security risks.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=8408ecf5-7afe-47ec-a697-eb433027df73

Operations Manager & MOM

Message Queuing MP for OpsMgr 2007

The Message Queuing Management Pack provides monitoring for Microsoft Message Queuing Services (MSMQ) version 3.0.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=1d2b4398-8bc2-4a43-850c-852ebb0d983b

BizTalk Server MP for OpsMgr 2007

The BizTalk Server Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 provides monitoring for BizTalk Server 2006, BizTalk Server 2006 R2, and BizTalk Server 2009.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=389fcb89-f4cf-46d7-bc6e-57830d234f91

Antigen 9.0 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

This Antigen 9.0 management pack for Operations Manager 2007 supports the 9.0 versions of Microsoft Antigen for Exchange or Microsoft Antigen for SMTP Gateways. Requires OpsMgr 2007 MOM 2005 Backward Compatibility MP Update 6.0.5000.16

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&familyid=72cda2c2-6dbd-4c70-bfcc-d2c8c6e459d3

Events/Webcasts

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42364#42364

Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) On-Demand Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42363

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42365

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42555

Microsoft System Center Overview On-Demand Webcasts

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42366

Other

TechNet Webcast: Announcing Data Protection Manager 2010 Beta (Level 300)

Start Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

This month, Microsoft released the public beta for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010. Before you download the software, attend this webcast to learn about Data Protection Manager 2010 and the product features that are causing excitement in the IT community. During the webcast, we deploy a DPM 2010 server and walk you through most of the new features in DPM 2010 and the enhancements that were made to the Data Protection Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) solution, which is protecting Windows-based application servers and file servers today.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032437132

New KB's

Configuration Manager & SMS

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The Windows Deployment Service stops responding when you use a PXE service point on a computer that is running a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 site server

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976073/EN-US

Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: A "Run Command Line" task of a task sequence object in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 does not work on a 64-bit client

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977176/EN-US

Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN: Windows Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 SP2, and Windows XP SP3 are not listed as supported platforms for software distribution, update management, or desired configuration management in Systems Management Server 2003 (Updated)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953027/EN-US

Operations Manager & MOM

MOM Ops Mgr Serv Ent Ed 2005 EN: There are no Office Communications Server 2007 events in the MOM 2005 Operator console

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978553/EN-US

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: Error message in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 report: “The Dundas chart for Reporting Services report item is unavailable"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977574/EN-US

Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: A computer may be listed in the Agent Managed pane of the Operations console in System Center Operations Manager 2007 with the same name as the gateway server that was just installed

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978357/EN-US